Meg Ryan has signed on to star in her first regular TV role in almost 30 years, heading up a comedy project in the works at NBC.
Ryan (“Sleepless in Seattle,” “When Harry Met Sally”) will executive produce the project in addition to starring, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The show centers on a woman who returns to her old job in publishing after some time away and tries to balance work and family.
Ryan has guest-starred on “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Web Therapy” in recent years, but you have to go back to the mid-1980s — when she followed up a run on “As the World Turns” with a short-lived prime-time show on ABC called “Wildside” — for her last role as a series regular.
The NBC show comes from writer Marc Lawrence (“Miss Congeniality,” “Family Ties”). Ryan will play an upbeat and “desperately non-confrontational” woman with teenage kids who returns to work after some time off. Her new boss at the publishing house where she was once a star editor is her former intern.
What do you think of the idea? Would you like to see Ryan on screen in a weekly series?